On Freedom and Language in Jaspers' Understanding of Philosophy (in Polish)

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Maciej Urbanek

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The main objective of this text is to show that for Karl Jaspers all authentic philosophy is an attempt to express subjectivity in terms of the intersubjective categories of intellect. Subjectivity is understood as a plane of individual experience which ultimately comes down to the consciousness of freedom. Intersubjectivity on the other hand is perceived as a plane of expression of this experience, which can boil down to language. For it is only through the mediation of language that one can illuminate its own being – its connection to the world and transcendence. Thus, the rational expression of experience is the essential condition for self-comprehension of any subjectivity. Ultimately, however, any attempt of  rational inquiry reveals itself as insufficient. The human being, in his or her, pursuit of self-comprehension has to reach the boundary of language-based expression and therefore the boundary of all reasoning, where rational knowledge must give way to direct but inexpressible experiencing of what is the absolute source of all being. Thus, in the end, silence is the only true expression of transcendence.

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Urbanek, Maciej. 2015. “On Freedom and Language in Jaspers’ Understanding of Philosophy (in Polish)”. Diametros, no. 46 (December):134-50. https://doi.org/10.13153/diam.46.2015.840.
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Maciej Urbanek, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Maciej Urbanek, mgrPedagogical University of CracowInstitute of Philosophy and Sociologyul. Podchorążych 2Pl-30-084 KrakówE-mail: urbanek.mac@gmail.com
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